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Scoring Systems and Outcome Prediction

  • Rui Moreno
  • Isabel Miranda

Abstract

The rapid development and proliferation of intensive care units (ICUs) in the Western World during the last years created the systematic need for the evaluation of the effectiveness of their procedures and practices. Are those ICUs admitting the right patients at the right time? Are they discharging the right patients at the right time? Are the processes of care assuring, at the individual level, the best possible patient safety and, at a collective level, the best effectiveness of the clinical and nonclinical practices? In other words, are ICUs caring for the right patients at the right time and having the best possible results? So, in this young but dynamic specialty, there still exists little scientific evidence as to what treatments and practices are effective, and especially about the costs and the efficiency of the delivered care.

Keywords

Intensive Care Unit Admission Sequential Organ Failure Assessment Sequential Organ Failure Assessment Score Simplified Acute Physiology Score Intensive Care Unit Discharge 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rui Moreno
    • 1
  • Isabel Miranda
    • 2
  1. 1.Intensive Care Unit, Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa CentralE.P.E., Hospital de St. António dos CapuchosLisboaPortugal
  2. 2.Intensive Care Unit, Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa CentralE.P.E. Hospital de St. António dos CapuchosLisboaPortugal

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